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Monday, November 19, 2007
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by reviewing the unanimous decision victory this past Saturday, November 17, by undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) over Humberto Soto (43-6-2, 27 KOs) at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.
We next discuss the situation involving Larry Hazzard Sr., who, until this past Wednesday, had been the commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which regulates combat sports, for almost 22 years. He had leveled numerous charges of alleged “malfeasance” against officials regulating boxing and mixed martial arts events in New Jersey in a letter to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine by James Binns, his attorney, written on his behalf. Now, after establishing New Jersey as a leader in the fight for fighter health and safety in boxing's often suspect regulatory world, he is out as commissioner. This move by New Jersey officials has resulted in an outraged reaction by many in the combat sports world.
Next, we preview the fight slated for the Friday, Nov. 23, between veterans Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and Ricardo Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs). This takes place in the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime pay-per-view. We also spoke with IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron and Jesse Feliciano, who fight in a co-feature.
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